May 20, 2012 at 12:52 am (Gaskins Family, Uncategorized)
Tags: Anne Donald Clements, C. B. Herring, General Levi J. Knight, George Mikell, Gideon Gaskins, John Gaskins, Levi J. Gaskins, Mary E. Strickland, New Ramah Cemetery, New Ramah Church, Polly Barrow, Sarah Knight, W. L. Register
Levi Joseph Gaskins, a son of Gideon Gaskins and Sarah “Sally” Knight, was a member of New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church, Ray City, GA. His maternal grandparents where Ann D. Clements and General Levi J. Knight, and on his father’s side were Polly Barrow and John Gaskins. Upon his death in 1921, Levi J. Gaskins was buried at New Ramah Cemetery.
Levi J. Gaskins, 1860-1921, Rays Mill, GA
Minutes of the New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church
It is with much sorrow and regret that we here record the death of our beloved brother Levi J. Gaskins who was born to this Life Nov. 18th, 1860 and Died Dec. 15, 1921.
He together with his faithful wife united with the Church at New Ramah on Sept 7, 1916 at which place he lived to his Death. He was united in marriage to his wife who was Miss Mary Strickland Feb 24th, 1878.
We can truthfully say of our beloved and departed brother that He was ever faithful kind and gentle. As a husband father and friend, and as a neighbor he was ever ready to raise the fallen and help the weak. In truth His life was as we feel the life of a Christian who is unselfish and unassuming.
Our beloved brother was never the author of confusion in the Church or in His community, and we feel that His life is worth of our Imitation
and we would say that we grieve not for Him as we would for one who has no Hope for we feel that our loss is His eternal gain and when the blessed Savior comes again to gather his jewels home that this dear brother will be formed and fashioned like his Glorious body and be escorted away to that Celestial City not made with hands where there will be no more sickness sorrow pain nor Death.
We pray God’s greatest and richest blessings upon the berieved family Trusting that they may be able to be resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things well.
by your committy
C. B. Herring
W. L. Register
G. C. Mikell
Grave of Levi J. Gaskins and Mary E. Strickland, New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA
February 26, 2012 at 3:48 am (Faith and Begorrah, Johnson Family, Uncategorized)
Tags: A. M. Ray, Aaron Anderson Knight, Ada Gaskins, Annie Leola Crews, B. H. Sirmans, C. B. Herring, C. C. Smith, C. H. Vickers, Carrie Peters, Cassie Lee Hall, Chloe Gardner, Daniel Wiley Townsend, David Jackson Skinner, Delia Bennett, Della Spells, E. B. Clements, E. Lindsey, E. R. Blanton, Eliza Knight, Empire Church, Eva Moore, Fannie Gaskins, Gilford Stalvey, H. W. Parrish, Henry Thomas Cersey, Henry William Parrish, Isham Albert Wetherington, James Wilson Conner, Jimmie Taylor, John Burkholtz, Joseph W. Spells, K.S. Bennett, Kiziah Corbitt, Kizzie Woodard, L. L. Blanton, Lacy Lester Shaw, Laura Chitty, Lila Allen, Lillie Spells, Lizzie Smith, Lula Fender, Lula Kendrick, Marcus Peavy, Mary Allen, Mary Cersey, Mary Sirmans, Mary Skinner, Minnie Herrin, Nettie Skinner, New Ramah Church, Ora Blanton, Orie Blanton, Otis Willie Mikell, Payton Skinner, Pearlie Peavy, Pleasant Church, Pleasant Hill Church, qw, Ray's Mill GA, Robert Burkholtz, Roen, S. G. Gaskins, Salem Church, Ty Ty Church, Unity Primitive Baptist Church, W. F. Rayaln, Willie Green
New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church (1913 – 2010)
New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church, Ray City, Berrien County, GA was founded in 1913. The church building was dismantled in 2010.
New Ramah Church was located on the southwest side of Ray City, between Park Street and Cat Creek. The primitive baptist church was organized August 30, 1913, and built by four Knight brothers who were the descendants of William A. Knight. Aaron Anderson Knight was called as the first pastor and served until his death in 1925.
Upon the constitution of New Ramah Church, the minutes of the church recorded this initial entry:
State of Georgia, Berrien, Co.
August 30, 1913
By the Goodness of God, now when names are after written, having been Baptized upon a Profession of faith by the Lord Jesus Christ having here to fore been members of different Churches did consent on the propriety of becoming a Constituted body near Rays Mill, Ga.
Believing it to be expedient, finding a fellowship with each other, jointly chosen to set apart this day for Constitution.
Petitioning Salem, Empire, Unity & Pleasant Churches for Ministerial aid as a presbatry (Presbytery) which has granted Eld. I. A. Wetherington from Unity Church, Eld. H. W. Parrish from Salem Church, Eld. A. A. Knight from Pleasant Church, Eld. E. R. Blanton from Pleasant Hill Church and Eld. E. Lindsey from Ty Ty Church were clothed with church authority and gave theyr attenuance and letter of dismission being presented and no deficiency appearing, being sound in the facts and principals of the Gospel, that is to say believing that the scriptures of the Old and the New Testament are the Word of God and contains everything necessary for the faith and practice, Particular the existence of one true God, the fall of Man and his inability to recover himself, God’s savoring [sovereign] choices, of his people in Christ, theyr Covenant head from before the foundation of the world effectual calling purification by the imputed righteousness of Christ alone, The final perseverance of the saints in grace, and eternal salvation in Glory, the duty of baptism by immersion, and the Lords Supper. Thus pronouncing to be upon above principals.
And having this day being the 30th day of August, 1913, been pronounced a Church of Christ in order
having united upon equal terms and here after be called and known by the name of New Ramah Church, and for this end deliberately solemly give our selves to the Lord, and to each other by the will of God, Independent of any religious body or congregation what ever, covenanting and promising each other to live to gether as becomes brethering in Gospel hands for the maintaining of Christian fellowship and gospel discipline agreeable to the holy scripture and as true yoke fellows agreed to stand or fall together in order, for which we do agree to receive, and adopt the following plan of or form of Decorum and Rule of practice.
New Ramah Church
1st – - – - —— —— or Conference shall be —– —– —- —– every member must —- —- —– —— —– —–
2nd Church meetings shall begin and end with Divine worship.
3rd Church members failing to attend two Conferences in succession it shall be theyr duty to make known to the Church the reason of theyr absence at the next conference, and the Church judge of the same, but if the failure happen without the Church having knowledge of there being laudable reasons, she shall have him cited and Judge of such failure.
4th The Pastor of the Church shall preside as moderator when present unless some objections be made in which case the Church shall choose another
5th At the opening of every Conference it shall be the duty of the moderator to invite visiting brethering & Sisters of Sister Churches to seats with the Brethern of this Church, and then make known to the Congregation that a door of the Church is open for the reception of members the proceed to take up all Reference as they stand in order and all business that comes before the Church in order
6th The moderator shall in his Power preserve order, Shall explain and put questions. He shall have an assistant (when present) if needed but in his absence a moderator protem shall be appointed.
7th The Moderator shall have the same right of speech as another member but shall not vote unless the body be equally divided.
8th The Church shall have a Clerk who shall keep a fair record of theyr proceedings and sign theyr order before the Conference rises. Minutes taken by the Clerk shall be read and amended before the conference rises if necessary.
9th In debate, only one person shall speak at the same time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Moderator in an orderly manner.
10th The person speaking shall strictly attend to the subject in debate, shall not reflect on the person that spoke before him by making remarks on his slips, or imperfections, but convey his own ideas.
11th The person speaking shall not be interrupted unless he breaks through these rules. Then the moderator shall call to order if dissatisfied he shall —- the voice of the conference.
12th No person shall speak more than twice to the same proposition till every one choosing to speak has spoken.
The Church minutes of New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church provide the list of male and female members below. Notations next to the names were updated by the Clerk with the status by which the member joined and departed the congregation. Many notations were too faint to be legible for transcription.
B. H. Sirmans
C. H. Vickers
W. F. Rayaln Exp
D. W. Towsend dead
C. B. Herring Dead
J. T. Moore Dead
J. W. Conner Dis By letter
H. T. Cercey
C. C. Smith Exp
L. L. Blanton
M. S. Pevy
Willie Green Dis by letter
A. M. Ray By letter
O.W. Mikell by let
P.S. Skinner let
D. J. Skinner
S. G. Gaskins
K. S. Bennett
Mary Sirmans Dead
Carrie Peters Dead
E. B. Clements
Cassie Hall Con X
Ola Mikell by let
Roena Clements Con
Lillie Spells bapt
Minnie Herrin bapt
Eva Moore bap X
Mary Cersey let
Elizabeth —- X
Nettie Skinner let
Laura Chitty bapt
Mary? Skinner dead
Eliza Knight let
Lula Kendrick bapt
Lula Fender bapt
Delia Bennett bapt
Mary Allen bapt
Della Spells bapt
Pearlie Peevy bapt
Orie Blanton ? bapt